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Embry-Riddle Prescott To Debut Master's Degree in Security and Intelligence Studies


Global Security and Intelligence Studies Program Breaks News at Cyber Security Symposium Featuring CIA Director of Security

Prescott, AZ (PRWEB) October 29, 2012

In response to a growing need for advanced skills in the security and intelligence fields, Embry-Riddle's Prescott campus has announced a Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies as a part of the campus's industry-leading Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) Program.

The program, to be offered in Fall 2014, will integrate advanced courses in security and intelligence studies as well as science and technology including cyber security – one of today's hottest topics and the subject of another newly developed degree program at Prescott, Cyber Intelligence and Security. The B.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security, along with two other degrees, Astronomy and Software Engineering with an emphasis in Cyber Security, will launch in Spring 2013.

According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, an estimated 40,000 intelligence jobs currently exist with large corporations such as Northrop Grumman Corporation, and there are potentially another 84,000 new jobs for intelligence professionals during the next few years. The masters' degree will help meet that employer demand for highly skilled graduates.

“We believe that melding advanced security and intelligence courses with relevant fields in science and high-tech will provide students and professionals with a degree that is unique in graduate education, and one that clearly serves critical national security missions,” said Dr. Philip Jones, Chairman of the GSIS program.

“The addition of a Master's degree in Security and Intelligence Studies to our undergraduate programs in Global Security and Cyber Security cements the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle as the leader in international security and intelligence studies,” said Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers of the Prescott campus. “Our students serve worldwide in critical career fields that safeguard our nation. This new degree will prepare generations of senior intelligence managers for leadership positions within the field.”

The announcement was made on the second day of the university's Eighth Annual National Security & Intelligence Symposium at Embry-Riddle's Prescott campus Oct. 25-26.

CIA Director of Security Mary Rose McCaffrey joined representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Arizona InfraGard and Embry-Riddle experts to discuss evolving cyber threats to national security under the theme of “Cyber Threats in the 21st Century.” During her keynote speech, “National Security Challenges in the 21st Century,” McCaffrey admitted that while anything related to people is her No. 1 concern, cyber security keeps her up at night, but that after meeting students from the Prescott campus and the GSIS program she is “optimistic about our future.”

“National security is absolutely critical to national defense,” said McCaffrey, who is the first female director in any U.S. government intelligence agency. “The skills we need tomorrow are very different from the ones we have today. … I applaud academic institutions like Embry-Riddle for hosting such an event.”

Other speakers included Lisa Van Slyke, Colleen Ferranti and Paul Schaaf of the FBI, Arizona InfraGard President Frank J. Grimmelmann and Embry-Riddle professors Richard Finston, Dr. Philip Jones and Dr. Paul Hriljac who each explored all angles of cyber security issues in national security and defense, protection of critical national infrastructure, counterintelligence, cybercrime, some of the most famous “hacktivists” and international cyber warfare and espionage.

“Director McCaffrey's visit to our campus not only will leave a lasting positive impress upon our students, particularly our female students as they strive to achieve their individual carrier goals in security, intelligence and criminal justice, but her visit fully validates the strength and uniqueness of our Global Security & Intelligence Studies Program nationwide,” said GSIS Program Chairman Professor Robert W. Baker.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz. and Daytona Beach, Fla., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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